Grand Banks Yachts Limited is proud to introduce the latest model in its reborn lineup, the Grand Banks 52. The boat comes on the heels of the successful introduction of the Grand Banks 60 and the GB60 Skylounge. The GB52 will continue to grow the company’s business of creating efficient hulls that are strong and light, and finished with comfortable, welcoming interiors designed for cruisers. The new GB52 will make her debut in late summer of 2019.
The GB52 will have a fully infused hull that is designed to stay in the water and slice through with a sharp forefoot and semi-displacement warped shape. The design of the GB52 is consistent with the recently launched GB60, using fully infused carbon fiber for the decks and superstructure to lower the center of gravity. A fully cored structure is employed using PVCfoam coreand SAN Corecellin areas of specific application, sandwiched between skins of stitched multi-axial carbon fiber, bonded with vinylester and epoxy resins and supported by infused composite panels in a robust grid system.
The result is a hull that leaves minimal wake as it performs consistently throughout the rpm range, with the same running attitude and steering feel whether she’s running at 10 knots or 30 knots. That minimal wake means little energy is wasted creating waves and pushing water out of the way.
The standard engine package for the GB52 will be a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo Penta D11s coupled to shafts, chosen for the model’s excellent low-end torque, efficient operation, and low sound and vibration levels. The efficiency will show in the performance but also the range, as the GB52 is expected to be able to cruise 1,000 miles at 10 knots, while a fast cruise estimated to be around 28 knots at 70% load.
“We emphasize cruising efficiency both in our hull design and matching it with propulsion,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks. “The 52 will combine weight reduction, strength, and a low vertical center of gravity, just as we did on the 60 and 60 Skylounge. Of course, efficiency doesn’t matter without comfort, so we made sure the 52 will offer surefootedness in a wide range of sea states, and an interior worthy of extended time aboard.”